New Rules for Ski Holidays in Italy 2023

If you are planning an Italy Ski Holiday please bear in mind these new rules.


Posted in General Travel Travel Insurance, winter sports on 18 January 2023

From January 1st, Italy’s new laws for those taking part in Winter Sports came into effect. These include making third party liability insurance compulsory for everyone to have, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet on the slopes, and it is illegal to ski/snowboard under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance

Italy have brought in new rules that state anyone participating in Winter Sports in the county must have third party liability insurance in case you cause injury or damage to another person or their property. Furthermore, if you do happen to be involved in an incident, authorities will check whether you have cover and there are hefty fines in place if you do not.

Whilst most good quality Travel Insurance policies will include third party liability insurance as standard, this is not always the case. It is therefore vitally important that, before you leave for your holiday, you check your Travel Insurance policy to see if you have third party liability insurance.

Equally, it is important that you have appropriate Winter Sports Insurance on your travel policy. In most cases, a standard Travel Insurance policy will not provide cover specifically related to Winter Sports which can be problematic if you happen to require cover whilst you are skiing or snowboarding. Specific Winter Sports cover should be taken out before you travel to ensure you have cover should the unexpected happen on your travels.

U18’s Must Wear Helmets

Previously, the law stated that any child under the age of 14 must wear a helmet whilst on the slopes, however, this has now been extended to anyone under the age of 18. This is not just for skiers and snowboarders but for any ‘Winter Sports Enthusiasts’.

‘Winter Sports Enthusiasts’ includes skiers, freestyle skiers, telemark skiers, snowboarders, and tobogganers. Head injuries are unsurprisingly quite common on the slopes and as such the law amendments have been brought in to further protect minors.

Skiing under the influence of drugs or alcohol is now prohibited

Whilst many like to enjoy Après Ski on their holidays, this will have to be reserved for the bottom of the mountains and not halfway up. Italy now has a zero-tolerance approach to those skiing under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Whilst there isn’t a specific, numerical limit, it is assumed that it will mirror that of the driving blood alcohol limit which is 0.5mg per litre of blood. Please note that this limit may be different than any specific blood alcohol limit on your Travel Insurance policy.

Get Great Value Winter Sports Travel Insurance with Voyager Plus!

If you are planning on heading to the mountains for some Winter Sports in 2023 then have a look at Voyager Plus Travel Insurance with Winter Sports Cover. Whether its Snowboarding Travel Insurance, Ski Insurance, cover for lift passes, or cover for adverse weather you are after, Voyager Plus can provide all that and more!

Voyager Plus’s Winter Sports Cover policy option provides the following cover:

  • Ski Equipment – This covers the loss, theft or damage of ski equipment you own, have borrowed, or have hired. Up to £800
  • Ski Pack – Cover for the proportionate value of any ski pass, ski hire, or school fee you are unable to use or recover due to accidental injury or sickness. Up to £400
  • Piste Closure – Cover for each day that it is not possible to ski because lifts are closed for lack of snow, adverse weather or avalanche danger. Up to £200

What’s more, Standard Voyager Plus Travel Insurance policies include cover for the following:

  • COVID cover included for Cancellation and Emergency Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Expenses up to £10,000,000
  • Cancellation or Curtailment up to £10,000
  • Baggage up to £3,500
  • Missed Departure / Journey Disruption up to £1,000
  • Personal Liability up to £3,000,000
  • 4 levels of cover
  • And much more.

You can get a Voyager Plus Travel Insurance quote by clicking the “Get A Quote” button or by calling our helpful team on 01483 806 680.

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This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording for the latest terms, conditions, and exclusions.


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